Competition published on November 4, 2016.
A journey of sexual awakening, An Almond for a Parrot takes Tully from her childhood of neglect in the city of London to an upper-class brothel where decadent excess is a must.
Learning the arts of seduction at the notorious fairy house, Tully soon becomes a celebrity courtesan. But love near undoes her and Tully’s life becomes increasingly dangerous at the reappearance of her estranged husband who her drunk of a father had forced her to wed when she was a child.
Now Tully is awaiting trial for murder, for which she expects to hang. This is her truth, a letter written to the man she has loved and fears lost…and her only chance of survival is to get her story to the one person who might be able to help her.
From the multi-million copy bestselling children’s author, Sally Gardner, writing under the pseudonym Wray Delaney, comes her adult fiction debut. Blending atmospheric historical fiction with pulse-pounding erotica, An Almond for a Parrot is a story of 18th century debauchery and love that will leave you breathless.
**We have 5 copies of An Almond for a Parrot to give away – scroll down for your chance to win!**
“A strong story runs through this book, which is addictive and engrossing. Despite the touch of the fantastical, it feels believable and you are drawn deep into the story and the experiences of the bold and memorable characters. As fair warning the sexual scenes are rather racy; depicting lesbian, homosexual and heterosexual encounters, but they are fitting of the story and are embedded amongst beautiful and captivating prose of the period in time. I really enjoyed this book, it was refreshing and entrancing and left me wanting to read more.”
– Sara Garland (read Sara’s review in full)
“A quote on the front cover states that this is ‘the best erotic novel since Fanny Hill’ and having read Fanny Hill earlier this year I was interested to compare the two. Like Fanny Hill, this book is written as a memoir and Wray Delaney has done an excellent job in her choice of language as you can really believe that you are reading something written in the 18th century and yet it is never too convoluted to difficult to read. The euphemisms used to describe anatomy and the book’s intimate acts (which are described in some detail!) are particularly clever and reminded me very much of Fanny Hill.”
– Cathy Boyle
“I was surprised how much I enjoyed this historical novel by Wray Delaney. Normally I would not read any book with a supernatural element as I feel it can be used as a device to quickly alter events unrealistically during a novel. However I really liked the elements of the story where she was unaware that others couldn’t see the extra people she could see; this meant the reader got more of an insight into the characters within the story. Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the descriptive element; clothing and interiors were covered really well and this allowed me to immerse myself fully in the story.”
– Rachel Kelly
“This is pure escapism. There is magic, lying, cheating, prostitution, bullying, child-beating and so much more – everything you would expect in these times. Wray Delaney, in her first outing as an adult author, has written a real romp of a piece that would make a marvellous television series. There are touches of Dickens, Harry Potter and even Chicago in here but it really is tremendous fun and a book where you don’t want it to end. Great stuff.”
– Martin Turner
“I was totally absorbed by this book and loved the ending (although I won’t ruin things by even hinting at how this really engaging novel reaches it’s conclusion). It is certainly a great personal read and I think it also contains a lot of material which would keep a reading group going for a while. I certainly hope there are more books to come. I will definitely be on the lookout for them.”
– Kathy Jesson
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About the author
Wray Delaney is a pen name for children’s author Sally Gardner. Her work has sold more than 2 million books in the UK and has been translated in to more than 22 languages. She has won both the Costa Children’s Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013 for Maggot Moon and also won the 2005 Nestle Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel I, Coriander. She lives in London and An Almond for a Parrot is her first adult novel.
Follow Wray Delaney on Twitter @TheWrayDelaney
An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney, published on 3 November 2016 by HQ, in hardback at £12.99
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